"I doubt any of you really know the real details of the lawsuit. "
On the contrary. At least one of us does, and the information given out about the lawsuit here is public information, rather deatiled and mostly accurate. And the reason we're talking about this here is not to debate the merits of the case, but to discuss how this lawsuit, and others like it could impact our attendance at Burning Man.
"God bless Kathy and her family who's good name is bieng dragged through the dirt in this post. It was not her fault. She was simply a victim of bad circumstances."
Exactly. She was a victim of bad circumstances - an accident. The problem here is that her family is trying to use this accident to make the whole camp pay cash money to her for this accident. At a recent case settlement conference, $50,000 (or thereabouts) was offered to her family to settle the case. It was immediately rejected. They want more cash. It is their choice to try to sue the camp and Burning Man, any mud created here was of their own making.
"Karma....would you say these same things directly to Kathy's mom or to kathy herself if she was here? You know you wouldn't. SHAME ON YOU !!!"
First of all, would there be a lawsuit if Kathy was here? Second of all, I would definitely say these things to her Mom. To her, this is about money from some names on a piece of paper. To the camp members being sued, some of whom have already spent thousands of dollars to hire a lawyer in order to defend themselves, this lawsuit is a real threat to their families.
"I'm sorry you have to read this too. But the reason you are reading it is NOT because Kathy died, but because of a lawsuit filed against a lot of good people. I'm sure every one of them would love to see this sad event end. And it would end tomorrow if the family, or whomever is behind the suit, would follow your advice and "let it go". Perhaps you might ask them to. This lawsuit is not Karma or an act of God, it is the result of deliberate and repeated actions by one or more persons."
"If your child were to drown in a neighbors pool at a pool party I'd bet you would sue the owner of the house."
Analogy inapt. A better one: your sister chokes to death while attempting to swallow a too-big piece of meat in a restaurant. You sue the restaurant, the employees of the restaurant, the EMTs who responded, the police, the farm on which the cow was raised, the manufacturer of the knife, the state of California AND all the other people who ate at that restaurant that day.
"You wouldn't EVER catch me at such an event, especially at the ripoff price of over $200 a ticket. who's the sucker now??? and for what, to look at a bunch of sweaty,naked hippies. sorry thats not really my style."
Kathy was a burner. When you attack burners, you attack her and dishonor her memory. Please stop.
"One point, ask yourself why none of the money "raised" for Kathy went to her charities. It didn't and that should make you all very mad."
Oh, it didn't? The funds raised from her burning man campmates (most of whom knew her for a week and some who had never met her) totalled several thousand dollars. The cash went to the family and the checks were made out to a trust in her name for the benefit of an art program at a local school. The checks were cashed, the cash was received. Perhaps you should either direct your inquiry to the trustee (probably Kathy's Mom or Sister) or more clearly make an accusation about where the money went.
To those who urge silence, who would rather not deal with the issues presented in this thread: I understand your feelings, but I do not share them. Why should the burners who are facing financial ruin suffer silently in the face of this lawsuit in order to preserve Kathy's "dignity" in death, when her own family so clearly is not concerned with dignity or her legacy?
This could have been ended up being a very positive situation for Kathy's memory and her family. The camp her family is suing is full of loving, caring, generous and creative people. If her mom and sister had, following the period of grief after her death, taken the time to learn about what Burning Man is about and what makes it so special for so many people, she would have sixty volunteers ready to sponsor a street fair, put on a concert, organize a fund raiser, any number of things, for a charity in Kathy's name. Instead, we have this: 30+ defendants all paying 30+ lawyers in the hopes of extracting large sums of money from people only tangentially connected to the incident. Where's the dignity in that?